University of Florida Hepatology

Hepatology Research Labs

Roniel Cabrera

Roniel Cabrera M.D., M.S.

Medical Director Of Liver Transplant, Section Chief Of Hepatology & Associate Professor
  • Transplant Hepatology
Ginger Clark

Ginger Clark M.D., M.S.

Program Director & Associate Professor
Roberto J Firpi-Morell

Roberto J Firpi-Morell M.D., M.S.

Giuseppe Morelli

Giuseppe Morelli M.D.

Clinical Professor
Consuelo Soldevila Pico

Consuelo Soldevila Pico M.D.

Professor Of Medicine

Virginia “Ginger” Clark, M.D., M.S.

Research Interests

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (natural history and treatment)
  • NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)/NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis)
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • General Liver Disorders

Roniel Cabrera

Roniel Cabrera, M.D., M.S.

Research Interests

  • Natural history of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and impact of therapy
  • Biomarkers of HCC development
  • Immunoregulatory aspects of HCC
  • Liver Transplant
  • Cirrhosis
  • Palliative Care

Roberto Firpi-Morell, MD, MS

Research Interests

  • NAFLD/NASH     
  • Hepatitis C (detection and treatment)
  • Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC)
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI)/Hepatotoxicity
  • Wilson Disease
  • Liver transplant

Giuseppe (Joseph) Morelli, MD

Primary Research Interests

  • End-Stage Liver Disease (Encephalopathy, Ascites, Varices, etc)
  • Cirrhosis/Transplant
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis and patients with overlapping gastroenterology/liver symptoms
  • Viral Hepatitis (Hepatitis B, C)

Consuelo Soldevila-Pico, MD

Consuelo Soldevila-Pico

Primary Research Interests

  • Liver Transplant (Pre and Post)
  • Hepatitis B/Hepatitis D
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • General liver disorders

UF Hepatology Research at CTRB staff:

Name Title Business Phone Email Mailing Address Physical Address ORCID
Lasheaka McClellan Lasheaka McClellan Assistant Director Of Hepatology Clinical Research (352) 273-7285 –– –– ––
Lauren E Morelli Lauren E Morelli Research Program Services 3 (352) 273-9508 –– –– ––
Briana Foerman Briana Foerman Clinical Research Coord III (352) 294-5152 –– –– ––

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)


  • The GI/Hepatobiliary Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is highly regarded, attracting a wide range of clinical and translational investigators. This CRU comprises five thematically related groups focused on, or using techniques relevant to, problems in gastroenterology. These groups are: GI Cancer, Inflammation, Liver Disorders/Virology, Nutrition/Metabolism, and Clinical Investigation.


  • The active clinical research operations of the GI CRU make unique patient populations and tissues available to the research community.
    Resources available to investigators include consultative expertise, clinical coordinators, regulatory personnel, and complete research staffing.